Notre Dame Pharmacology Professor appointed a Member of the Order of Australia

27 January 2021

Professor Peter Carroll was honoured on January 25 for his significant service to pharmaceutical education, and to community health. Professor Carroll joined The University of Notre Dame Australia in 2015, and oversees the development, implementation and review of the Pharmacology curriculum across the Doctor of Medicine program.

Professor Carroll has dedicated his life to improving the quality of healthcare in Australia through helping students and practitioners to gain a more detailed, in-depth understanding of pharmacology and medications, and has a strong commitment to social justice, a commitment which is evident throughout his teaching.

Students of Professor Carroll often remark that he cares greatly for their wellbeing, making sure he is approachable and has time for the students who need it. His extensive experience as a university lecturer to pharmacy, medicine and nursing students has led to the delivery of courses that are well-loved by students for the clarity, depth of knowledge and passion for teaching Professor Carroll displays.

When learning subjects as complex as pharmacology, it could be easy to become confused or lost, but students maintain that Professor Carroll’s skill in simplifying complicated concepts and adapting his teaching to the knowledge-level of the audience has bestowed them with greater understanding than they felt possible.

In the words of one student, “Peter makes an intimidating subject accessible, interesting and relevant. He clearly puts effort and thought into organising content in advance and does extra work to answer questions between lectures”.

In 2019, Professor Carroll was awarded the flagship ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award at the Australian Medical Students’ Association National Awards, having been nominated by his students at Notre Dame, Sydney University and Royal North Shore Hospital.

Professor Carroll’s commitment to pharmacology is further demonstrated by the positions he has held as Chair of the Editorial Board of the Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (MIMS) Annual and MIMS Bimonthly. He has also been a member of Editorial Committee of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook. These publications have long been the ‘go-to’ for ready access to information for health professionals and ensure that up to date information about therapeutics is at the fingertips of practitioners. Indeed, most interns always had a copy of MIMS in their white coat pocket before apps were introduced.

Furthermore, Professor Carroll’s commitment to building the pharmacy evidence base is reflected in his role as the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Pharmacy and his other editorial roles for various journals. He has helped to build the professional basis of pharmacy and has held many senior positions within his profession. He continues to do so and is currently a Board member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Vice President of the NSW Branch.

Professor Carroll is also a prolific researcher, having published extensively with approximately 80 peer reviewed publications and over 120 conference presentations. He has lectured all over the world and has presented over 150 invited lectures.

Acting Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney, Dr Steevie Chan said Professor Carroll is “a delightful colleague”.

"He has a very collegial approach, always willing to help, always polite and friendly with everyone. Peter is a great team player who helps people achieve and contribute. He is approachable, open and brings people along with him. Peter has a lot of sensitivity and compassion for both colleagues and students. He is a great asset to the School of Medicine and the University.”

Former Dean of Nursing Professor Tracey Maroney was also honoured this year with a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the general division for service to medical education, particularly to nursing.

See the full list of the 2021 honours.

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